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Burak Bekdil is an Ankara-based columnist. He regularly writes for the Gatestone Institute and Defense News, and is a fellow at the Middle East Forum.

ARTICLES BY: Burak Bekdil

October 29, 2019 6:44 am

The West Tolerates Turkey Mainly Out of Fear

Turkey’s value for the West is not about the good it can offer, but the evil it might choose not to spread. In recent years,...

October 24, 2019 7:18 am

Turkey’s Pyrrhic Victory in Syria

Turkey’s military incursion into northeastern Syria had an ostensibly happy ending on its seventh day, with all state and non-state actors in the Syrian theater...

October 3, 2019 6:42 am

The Invincible Sultan: Is Erdogan Losing His Populist Charm?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan behaves like a cornered cat when it comes to regional politics: he acts savagely and erratically, lashing out at both...

January 24, 2019 9:05 am

On Missile Deal, Turkey’s True Ally Is Russia, Not America

The Trump administration has offered to sell $3.5 billion worth of Patriot missiles to Turkey, apparently in an effort to stop Ankara from going ahead...

December 13, 2018 8:49 am

Erdogan’s Self Interest Always Comes Before His Values

Is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a devout ideologue or a pragmatist? The answer is both. Perhaps a more relevant question is: When is he...

October 11, 2018 9:58 am

Turkey’s Syrian Quagmire

At first glance, the plan looked viable: using the “Arab Spring” as a legitimate pretext, Turkey would convince Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign; the...

September 4, 2018 11:50 am

The US-Turkey Diplomatic Crisis

The current Turkish-American diplomatic crisis is fundamentally different from other such crises in 1964 or 1975. Turkish public sentiment in the 1960s and 1970s was...

July 31, 2018 5:37 pm

Turkey: New System, Same One-Man Show

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, undoubtedly the most popular and divisive leader in modern Turkish history, has already ruled the country longer than Atatürk, the founder...

July 2, 2018 1:19 pm

What Turkey’s New Islamist-Nationalist Alliance Means for the World

Four decades after they emerged as marginal parties in the 1970s, Turkey’s militant Islamists and ultra-nationalists won a combined 53.6% of the national vote and...

June 18, 2018 9:02 am

Turkey Holds ‘Elections’ Again

On June 24, Turkey will hold its sixth election in four years. The Turks will choose between augmenting what is practically one-man rule based on...

April 30, 2018 9:41 am

Turkey’s Erdogan vs. the Free Press

First the good news: Turkey, which is already the worst jailer of journalists in the world, may no longer need to put newsmen and women...

March 23, 2018 4:18 pm

Turkey Wages a Personal War in Syria

In a rather theatrical show, the fall of the city of Afrin -- a Kurdish enclave in northwestern Syria -- after two months of battle between Turkish...

February 15, 2018 8:51 am

Turkey and Iran’s Skin-Deep Friendship

After having fought several inconclusive wars, the Ottoman Turks and the Safavid Persians decided -- in 1639 -- to embrace a new code of conduct that would last for...


‘Hatikvah’ Played in Abu Dhabi After Israeli Wins Gold in Ju-Jitsu Competition

Israel’s national anthem "Hatikvah" was played in an Abu Dhabi arena...

Jack Black, Flaming Lips and Haim Among Those to Join Hanukkah Album

JNS.org - A holiday-inspired music album titled “Hanukkah+” will be released on Nov....

Hallmark Channel Set to Premiere Hanukkah Movies for First Time

JNS.org - The Hallmark Channel will premiere its first two Hanukkah-themed movies next month in honor of the eight-day Jewish...


How to Fight the Cultural BDS Movement

One of the good things about the bad times of today is that people are not staying silent about rising...

‘New Hope’ in Fight Against Tay-Sachs Disease

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School are touting a possible breakthrough in the fight against Tay-Sachs disease, a...


California Democratic Party Convention Votes Down Anti-Israel Amendments

JNS.org - Anti-Israel amendments were voted down at the California Democratic Party fall convention over the weekend. A group of organizations, including Democratic Majority for Israel (DMFI), which said it mobilized...


Israel Becomes First Country in World to Perform ‘Artificial Meniscus’ ...

JNS.org - The world’s first successful “artificial meniscus” transplant was just performed in Israel, i24News reported on Monday. The surgery was performed by...

Middle East

Turkey Will Repatriate Most IS Detainees by Year-End: Minister

Turkey will have repatriated most of its Islamic State detainees to their home countries by the end of the year, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told Reuters on Tuesday, a...


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